The 21 Essential Jewelry Pieces We Never Take Off
Necklaces, bracelets, and earrings—oh my!
As our WFH wardrobes have shifted to elevated loungewear and relaxed separates, it’s important to look for easy ways to still feel put together without sacrificing comfort. For us, that means versatile accessories—ones that you can throw on, feel fantastic, and not have to worry about for the rest of today. Jewelry is the clear front-runner here, when putting on a pair of jeans still feels like too much effort. A few gold necklaces and a watch, or a stack of thin gold rings and your favorite hoops, just make leggings and a t-shirt feel better (and less like you’re taking Zoom calls from your couch). If you’re on the lookout for some new everyday essentials to add to your collection, we polled seven of our staffers to see which pieces of jewelry they’re wearing the most these days.
Jessica Teves, Head of Content
Pandora Multifaceted Ring
I love this industrial-looking ring that’s both geometric and minimalist. I’m 100 percent a yellow gold person through and through, so I love to stack this with my other day-to-day rings when I want a more layered look.
Jennifer Fisher Micro Lilly Huggies
So easy to wear, these huggies are fairly thick and substantial and infinitely wearable with everything thanks to their size. I’m pretty much living in these right now.
Brent Neale Small Mushroom Pendant on 16” Chain
Neale is a master of the modern gypsy setting, but I also happen to love her “Down the Rabbit Hole” collection, inspired by the buoyant vibes of the ‘60s and ‘70s. In particular, this mushroom pendant is beyond fun and whimsical, nodding to the fact that life should be full of interesting surprises—and that includes our jewelry!
Leya Kaufman, Head of Sales & Brand Partnerships
The Forevermark Tribute Collection Pear Diamond Necklace
$1,250 - $2,895
I love fine jewelry that’s classic but unconventional, like this east-to-west pear-shaped diamond pendant. It’s timeless but also somewhat unexpected, so it’s a great piece to wear alone or layered with hundreds of gold chains.
Jewelry by Demi The Cage Ring
I didn’t think it was possible to really be an edgy minimalist until I discovered Demi’s work. Her pieces are delicate but eye-catching, and I haven’t stopped staring at this ring since I put it on. A piece like this makes an everyday activating like typing on a laptop feel chic.
KBH Jewels Cloak and Dagger Huggie
These 100-percent reclaimed 14 k gold earrings are petite but powerful. I’ve been leaning into earring stacks with a bit of an edge lately, so I fell for these the moment I saw them. They also make the perfect effortless statement.
Camille Freestone, Writer
The M Jewelers The Double Old English Pendant
This has become one of my favorite wear-every-day pieces in my jewelry collection. The pendant falls to the perfect point on your chest, and I love the fact that it is customizable—kind of a cooler update to the Carrie necklace, if you know what I mean.
Machete Biwa Pearl Necklace
I’ve been having a major pearl moment. So many designers are reimagining the “ladies who lunch” style in innovative, modern ways, just like this Machete one. The imperfect shape gives it an added cool factor, and it looks fantastic layered with my other gold necklaces.
Roxanne Assoulin On Repeat Bracelet
$90 - $445
No new information here, but you can’t go wrong with a Roxanne Assoulin stack of bracelets. They are super fun without being too in-your-face. I love that I can wear them as a stack but also pull out a single bracelet and mix it in with gold chains and a watch.
Kelsey Dobbs, Senior Marketing Manager
Zoë Chico 14K Letter Bracelet
These are my absolute favorite gold bracelets, I never take them off! They look great alone or paired with other jewelry. I wear my husband’s initial on one wrist and a heart motif on the other hand. They are simple and delicate, but incredible quality, as with all of Zoe Chico’s pieces.
Tiffany & Co Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard Pendant
I got this necklace from my parents as a gift for my high school graduation, and it is hands-down my most loved and frequently worn piece of jewelry. It is so simple and classic that I can layer any other necklaces on top, or it is beautiful and timeless on its own. I love that it is a sentimental piece that I will have and cherish forever.
EF Collection Diamond Mini Huggie
Clearly there is a gold theme here—I am exclusively a gold jewelry girl. I love my EF Collection huggies because they have a classic, timeless look as a pair, but I also have fun moving them around on my ear to fit my (many) piercings. Currently I have one of these huggies in my cartilage and the other in my second earlobe piercing.
Rachel Pickus, Creative Associate
Ana Luisa Abby
Akin to brewing a cup of coffee and changing out of my pajamas, putting on a pair of earrings helps me transition into WFH mode. And while I’ve always been a gold hoops kind of girl, I’ve recently been searching for more interesting shapes to diversify my collection. This chubby pair from Ana Luisa is unlike any other hoops I own, plus, with a price tag like this, I simply can’t say no.
Wolf Circus Magda Pearl Ring
In most cases I opt for fine, delicate jewelry that I can throw on and forget about. However, every once in a while I surprise myself by falling in love with something that’s more of a statement. Case in point, this pearl ring from Wolf Circus. Although on the chunkier side, it’s simple enough to wear daily and will definitely complement my current ring situation.
TheHonestJeweler 14k Solid Gold Toe Dainty Ring
Earlier this summer my best friend and I half jokingly bought matching toe rings for kicks. As much as we laughed about it over FaceTime, in retrospect this may be my favorite quarantine purchase. There’s something about the subtle opulence that has sparked a bit of joy for me. I highly suggest indulging in one before we retire sandal season.
Alex Bair, Senior Sales & Brand Partnerships Manager
VRAI Solitaire Diamond Pendant Necklace
This necklace is incredibly special to me because my dad gifted it to me a few years ago. I had mentioned to him off the cuff that I was looking for a really special everyday necklace that I would never have to take off, so I was shocked and emotional when he surprised me and handed me a small, pretty VRAI package. It’s a moment (and a gift) that I will always cherish.
The Last Line Diamond and Red Enamel Heart Earring
If you know me, you know I don’t wear a ton of jewelry. If I do, it’s dainty, gold, and pretty much invisible to the eye until you’re up close. When it comes to my earlobes, that’s a different story. I absolutely LOVE how you can essentially “style” your ears—it always makes an outfit a bit more interesting. So when I saw this red heart earring with drizzling diamonds, I knew I had to have it. It’s a statement piece, but because it’s small, I wear it almost every day. It truly is one of my happiest purchases.
Laura Lombardi Medium Hoop Earrings
You really can never go wrong with a simple pair of gold hoops. That being said, with all the choices out there today, it can get overwhelming to choose the perfect pair. I love these ones from Laura Lombardi. They’re a medium size, so they can pass for everyday wear and do the job when it comes to elevating a look. Plus, they’re always a safe default when you’re in a rush!
Jacquelyn Greenfield, Editorial Production Fellow
Studs Mini Chunky Huggie
I know I’m a bit late to the trend, but small gold hoops have become my new thing. I’ve worn them almost every day since I got them. They remind me so much of my elementary school days when hoops couldn’t be too big due to uniform policies—oh, what a time!
Pandora Round Sparkle Halo Necklace
You will never catch me not wearing this necklace. This was the first piece of jewelry I bought for myself with my own money when I came to New York City for college. It means so much to me that I haven’t taken it off since—what’s not to love?
Nixon 37mm Kensington Watch
If you can’t tell already, I love rose gold. And although I’m not going anywhere enough these days to wear a watch, I still feel naked without this on. I live for a classic big-face watch with a metal link band.
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